"What You Want" is the sixth episode of the TV series Danny Phantom.
When Danny's best friend Tucker expresses jealousy over his ghost powers, he gets his wish to have some of his own by ghost genie Desiree but slowly succumbs to his new powers' influence.
Tucker narrates this story by stating how he and Danny are best friends, sharing everything except Danny's ghost powers. He uses them when a genie named Desiree breaks free from her bottle at a local swap meet due to the actions of a hyperactive child wanting cotton candy. Desiree grants the little girl her wish by literally filling the entire swap meet with cotton candy. Danny manages to fling Desiree back through the use of a new ghost power, the ability to shoot ectoplasm out of his hands. Tucker deeply admires this, even after Danny accidentally shoots him with it.
The scene switches to a football game where Tucker and a very sick Sam watch, supporting Danny who was called in to wear the school mascot's costume, which he isn't enjoying. Casper High's team is losing the game, so Dash makes a hopeful wish that he'd turn into "the kind of monster who can crush these guys single-handed." Dash gets his wish when Desiree appears and literally turns him into a monster. Danny asks Tucker for his help to fill in for the mascot while Danny fishes out the ghost in Dash, returning him to normal.
After sending Dash's ghost back through the Fenton Ghost Portal, Danny accidentally flies through the Fentons' latest invention: the Fenton Ghost Catcher, which has the appearance of a dream catcher, immediately splitting his ghost self from his human half briefly before the former flies back into the latter. His parents then explain how the catcher takes away ghost energy. Meanwhile Tucker, in his mascot costume, gets a beating from the football team out of anger for losing the game.
Danny checks up on the sick Sam before entering the movie theater with Tucker the next day. In the same theater, Paulina eyes a movie poster for Sayonara Pussycat and expresses her desire to be as cute and popular as her. Desiree enters and grants her wish, literally turning her into a smaller, cuter, "chibi" version of herself. Everyone surrounding her instantly gives their attention and praise to her. Stuck with another dilemma, Danny excuses himself from Tucker and heads for Paulina. Tucker sits himself inside the theater, complaining on how the movie he wanted to see was sold out and how tired he is of being left out. He desires ghost powers, too, so Desiree appears and grants him his wish.
Tucker is given ghost powers and immediately takes advantage of them, playing pranks one after another. Danny in the meantime managed to extract the kitty ghost out of Paulina but upon his return, he doesn't find Tucker anywhere.
Danny leaves the theater to see Desiree grant another person's wish, that of a driver who's stuck in traffic and wishes his car can fly to get out of it. Desiree grants the wish, so now his car is literally flying in the air. Naturally the driver is freaked out and paralyzed with fear. Danny flies over to rescue him, only to be shocked to see Tucker flying over as well.
Not revealing where and how he got his powers, Tucker instead tries to steer the car away to safety, only to aim straight for a building. Using his intangibility, Danny saves them both. Tucker, thinking he's being a show-off, argues with Danny while ignoring the car crash-landing into a silo. Tucker leaves Danny in anger, flying at speeds Danny himself has yet to master.
Tucker checks up on Sam while pulling more pranks with his powers, deciding not to tell her yet out of fear she might become jealous as he assumes Danny is.
At school the next day, Danny (who's starting to get a cold of his own) digs inside Tucker to see what could be wrong with him. Tucker easily resists and harshly orders him never to do that again. He continues throwing pranks around the school, including possessing Paulina to get her to date him. Danny possesses Paulina too and they argue back and forth inside her. There, Tucker accidentally reveals how he got his powers, compelling Danny to have a chat with Baba Zita as Tucker yells that they're no longer friends.
Danny heads over to Baba Zita who once owned the genie bottle Desiree came from. She tells the story of how Desiree was once a harem girl. Her sultan gave her whatever she desired, but she was later banished by his jealous wife. Dying of a broken heart--and old age--her restless spirit wandered for years granting wishes for others at the cost of her own happiness.
With this new piece of knowledge Danny goes to a fountain and tosses a coin into the water, but nothing happens. A businessman arrives afterwards and makes a wish in the same fountain, hopelessly asking for a million dollars.
Desiree appears, but Danny stops her before she could grant him the wish. He demands her to turn Tucker back to normal to which she states she cannot, telling him his fate is sealed come noon tomorrow. Tucker's jealousy increases his ghost power, enabling him to turn into the most powerful ghost boy ever and literally fill with rage. Danny fights Desiree and nearly loses until he gets the idea to wish her into the Fenton Thermos ("If I weren't a C student, I would have thought of that five days ago"). Unable to resist a wish, Desiree is sucked into the thermos.
Danny heads back inside the school and catches Tucker changing his grades in the computer's school records. Danny tries to tease Tucker, but he only gets angrier and turns more ghost-like. A battle between the two best friends rages on with Danny losing.
Danny decides the only way to bring Tucker back is to get him to chase him which, to his luck, Tucker does, with both eventually reaching the Fenton household. There, he pushes Tucker into the Ghost Catcher, separating Tucker from his ghost half and catching it inside his thermos. Tucker apologizes for being so jealous while Danny apologizes for showing off. Afterwards, the two end up with the sickness Sam had but happy they're best friends again.
- Story by
- Steve Marmel
- Written by
- Sb Ventress
- Storyboard by
- Erik Wiese
- Chris Graham
- Ray Angrum
- Art Direction
- Music by
- Guy Moon
- Wincat Alcala
- Rick Bowman
- Butch Hartman
- Voice cast
- David Kaufman as Danny Fenton/Phantom
- Ricky D'Shon Collins as Tucker Foley
- Grey DeLeslie as Sam Manson; Toddler; Girl #1
- Rob Paulsen as Jack Fenton; Announcer
- Kath Soucie as Maddie Fenton; Girl #2
- Scott Bullock as Dash Baxter; Well Dressed Man; PA Announcer; Driver
- Ron Perlman as Mr. Lancer
- Maria Canals as Paulina; Big Headed Kitty Ghost; Young Mom
- Peri Gilpin as Desiree
- This is the only time Tucker ever has ghost powers of his own. He is shown using powers before this episode (in Parental Bonding), but he only had them as a result of being overshadowed.
- Allusions: See List of allusions
- Goofs: See List of goofs
- 1st appearance: Desiree, the Granter of Wishes
- Introduced Ghost Powers: Ghost Ray
- The announcers at the football game in the opening are animated - and voiced by - Butch Hartman and his producer, Steve Marmel.
- This episode marks the first time Jazz Fenton is not featured.
- Danny tells Sam that he and Tucker will head over to her house after they are done at the mall, but they are shown at the movie theater. It is possible there is another theater in the mall.
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